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leaf peeping airbnb surrounded by fall foliage

Autumn is gearing up to put on a magnificent orange, yellow, crimson, leaf-peeping show. Where to view the season’s best fall foliage, and most importantly where to settle in to enjoy all the fall leaves that Mother Nature has to offer  (a cushy bed high in the clouds, perhaps)? We crossed six states to find these 30 stunning Airbnbs, perfect for watching the leaves turn. Here’s where to go this fall.

North Carolina

Cloud Nine, Candler

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Float high above the foliage in the aptly named three-bedroom, three-bathroom Cloud Nine. Mornings start with breathtaking sunrises (worth setting an alarm for). Take in the colorful view — of the stunning leaves and clouds rolling in over the Blue Ridge Mountains — from the deep-soaking tub. Breathe in the mountain-forest air over a cup of fresh-brewed coffee on the terrace. Minimalist in design, the house — with its top-notch chef’s kitchen, outdoor fire pit (perfect for toasting s’mores), and serene vibe —  is truly all about the view. Enjoy the season’s fantastic hues from the  ground too — hike to scenic vistas and chase waterfalls. There are many.

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Also Consider: Upstream Penthouse, Asheville; Black Mountain Bungalow, Black Mountain; Summit House, Candler; and Cedar Cabin, Ashville.

Vermont

The Seven Springs Mansion, Stowe

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It’s your own private (leaf) peep show at this historic, eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom, Georgian Revival mansion, overlooking Stowe village. Originally built in 1860, the home — recently renovated after years as a private residence — is now open to guests. The interior comes with high ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces (13 total), gorgeous hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, a baby grand piano, plush seating, and a stellar wine cellar. (Request a wine tasting with the sommelier). The property is sheer beauty. There is a spring-fed pond and views of Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak from the terrace, gazebo, and nearly every room in the house.

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Also Consider:  Modern Chalet, Killington; Modern Farmhouse, Rochester; A-Frame on the Ridge, Cambridge; and  Farm House, Stowe.

Tennessee

Garrett Lodge, Gatlinburg

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The view and outdoor space are the major draws of this stunning Great Smoky Mountains retreat (although the interior is far from shabby). With five bedrooms and 5.5 baths, Garrett Lodge features multiple covered decks (off each living area of the house) with comfy seating, fire pits, and a hot tub. We love that the home offers identical bedrooms — so there is never any squabbling. The two identical master suites feature king-size beds, fireplaces, walk-in showers and double vanities; while the two identical VIP rooms come with Queen beds, fireplaces, and beautiful ensuite bathrooms. A bunk room (with four beds and ensuite bath) is perfect for the kids.

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Also Consider:  Glimmer Gatlinburg and Renovated Hillside Cabin, Gatlinburg; Barndominium and The Big Blue House, Franklin.

New York

Glasco Woodstock, Saugerties

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Located on 16 acres in the Catskills, with views of Overlook Mountain, this historic property dates back to the mid-1800s. Converted from a barn in the 1970s, the house comes with 30-foot ceilings, vast windows and skylights, perfect for leaf peeping. We also love the sun-drenched kitchen, stone fireplaces, stained glass and art, and outdoors —,the fire pit and hot tub for long soaks under the stars.

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Also Consider: The Museum House, and The Pond House, Woodstock; Fox Ridge Chalet, Margaretville; and  Treehouse, Remsen.

West Virginia

Blarney Estate, Harper’s Ferry

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The iconic song lyrics, “almost heaven, West Virginia,” could have been written about this heavenly estate. Set on 11 acres, the tony white house overlooks the Potomac River, three states (West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland) and Appalachian mountains — simply spectacular in autumn.  Standout features (aside from the stunning views) include an indoor pool and outdoor fire pit, perfect respites after days spent hiking crayola-colored trails. We also love the bedrooms, with their river and mountain views, and large soaking tubs.

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Also Consider: Lost River Solar, Mathias;  Cozy Cabin and Historic Farmhouse, Harper’s Ferry.

Colorado

Architectural Masterpiece, Telluride

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Exquisite architecture and a view  that never stops is the hallmark of this modern mountain home. Set on two acres of aspen forest — brilliant yellow — in autumn, architect Jack Young designed this home with the goal to bring the outside in. The  20-foot walls of windows make you feel like you are in a treehouse — especially with the views of the iconic Wilson’s Peaks.

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Also Consider: Town’s End and Mountain Vista House, Telluride; Chalet, Steamboat Springs; Barrett House, Boulder.